Health Care

In Michigan, you can now get a prescription for birth control from your pharmacist

BY: - September 20, 2022

Pharmacists in Michigan are now eligible to prescribe hormonal birth control in partnership with doctors.  Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made that announcement Monday following action from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) resulting from an executive directive Whitmer issued in May. That directive instructed state departments and agencies to identify and assess […]

As rural homelessness increases, HUD aims money at helping people without access to shelters

BY: - September 20, 2022

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up millions of dollars in funding for groups serving unhoused people in rural areas — an unprecedented move by the agency, say housing advocates. People living in cars, parks, and on the street at night, which the agency labels unsheltered homelessness, has increased across the nation, […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Dixon’s ‘parents’ rights’ message: You’re only a real mom if you vote GOP

BY: - September 20, 2022

Just over 20 years ago, I gave birth to my first child early on in my journalism career. In the years that followed, I would be told by several editors, some who were trying to be helpful and others who appeared to still reside in the Stone Age, that my decision to start a family […]

U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response

BY: - September 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress held its first hearing on monkeypox Wednesday, with lawmakers rebuking federal public health officials for their slow response to the outbreak, even though the hearing came four months after the first U.S. case was diagnosed. “By any measure, in fact by every measure, the response from the Biden administration on the monkeypox […]

Sex ed debates start gaining traction as state wrestles with reproductive health access

BY: - September 19, 2022

A decades-old fight is bubbling back up to the surface that could be the next hot-button topic in school board meetings across the state: sex education, following heated debates over COVID-19 health policies, race and LGBTQ+ issues.  Taryn Gal, executive director of Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH), an organization aimed at supporting youth […]

Do Michigan Republicans running for Congress back Graham’s 15-week abortion ban?

BY: - September 15, 2022

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a GOP U.S. senator this week announced new legislation that would establish a national abortion ban. The bill, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would ban all abortions after 15 weeks. Many red states already have stricter bans than that, but it would […]

Biden says Republicans ‘want a national ban on abortion’

BY: and - September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden followed up his visit Wednesday to the North American International Auto Show with a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thanked him for making the trip. “We know he’s a car guy, but he didn’t have to be here,” she said, per a White House pool report. The president […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Michigan has a 1931 law banning abortion. Now voters can decide if it stands.

BY: - September 14, 2022

It’s been a confusing time for women since June, when the far-right U.S. Supreme Court gleefully chucked almost 50 years of precedent and overturned Roe v. Wade. Suddenly, one in three women across America are no longer able to make intimate health care decisions for themselves and their families. There have been so many heart-wrenching […]

Michigan reports 18,375 new COVID cases, while hospitalizations dip in the last week

BY: - September 13, 2022

Michigan reports 18,375 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. The department reports a total of 2,804,588 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 18,375 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 15,854 cases. […]

U.S. Senate Republicans shy away from proposed 15-week national abortion ban

BY: - September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans are skeptical about a 15-week nationwide abortion ban that GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced Tuesday, with some saying they want to leave the issue to state lawmakers instead of taking it up in Congress. “I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this be dealt with at […]

‘This is racism — environmental racism at its finest’

BY: - September 13, 2022

The Michigan head of one of the nation’s prominent civil rights organizations told the Advance this week that water quality challenges that have affected mid-sized cities such as Flint, Benton Harbor and now Jackson, Miss., are the cause of “white flight and corporate disinvestment.” “There is an overall issue that this country hasn’t been able […]

Biden pitches ‘moonshot’ to cut the number of cancer deaths in half

BY: - September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Hoping to channel the momentum that led scientists to land Americans on the moon more than 50 years ago, President Joe Biden doubled down Monday on his quest to halve the number of cancer deaths as part of his revamped “cancer moonshot” initiative Speaking from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum […]